Did you know that the majority of American households have at least one pet? Of course, we love our pets, and we welcome them into our homes with open hearts and arms. So, have you considered what exactly that means for your plumbing? You guessed it – that natural curiosity and all of that fur can present potential problems, particularly when it comes to wreaking havoc on our plumbing systems. Fortunately, there are measures toward pet proofing your plumbing. You just have to stay ahead of things, and take a few precautionary measures so that you never have to worry about pet plumbing problems. Here’s what you can do to protect your home:
- Cover All Exposed Pipes – When it comes to pet-proofing your home, think of it like child-proofing. Just like small children, pets can and will try to get into absolutely everything. They love to open cabinet doors, chew on things, play with materials that aren’t necessarily toys, etc. So, to avoid unnecessary visits to the vet, protect your pipes and your pet by covering up any and all exposed pipes and wires. If your pet were to accidentally bite through one of your pipes, you’re looking at a potentially costly and damaging mistake, not to mention it could even hurt your pet. So, take the time to conceal anything that could be misconstrued as a chew toy.
- Provide Plenty of Water – It’s important to leave plenty of fresh water out for your pet anyway, but when it comes to keeping your plumbing safe, it’s also unexpectedly important. For instance, pets will drink out of the toilets and faucets if they become thirsty. So, make sure they always have something to drink in their own designated bowls to keep them from climbing all over your appliances and pipes.
- Rinse Outdoors – When you give your pet a bath, whenever possible, try to do so outdoors. Unfortunately, pets shed a lot, and all of that lost fur can wreak havoc on your pipes when left to wash down the drain. And, nothing can create a tricky clog quite like matted fur and hair! So, to keep this nightmare situation from happening, use outdoor showers whenever possible, and always use a drain strainer when bathing indoors.
- Store Cleaners Far Out of Reach – With pets in the house, it’s important to keep cleaning chemicals stored far out of reach. If your pet were to get into your supply of bathroom cleaners, they could get seriously ill. So, make sure that you keep these supplies up out of reach or in locked cabinets. Of course, the best thing for your pet and your pipes is to try to avoid chemical drain cleaners altogether. Not only are chemicals poisonous to pets when ingested or exposed, but they’re also harmful to your pipes.
Pets, though we love them dearly, they inevitably get into trouble. So, if your four-legged family member ever causes damage to your plumbing system, don’t stress. Simply give our team here at Tritan a call, and we’ll work to remedy the situation and have your pipes back in working order in no time.